Chips off the old block: three generations compete in chop
COMPETITIVE spirit ran deep at the Killarney’s tree felling event today as an unusual three generation family competed against one another in the event.
Hayden Hewitt from Wamuran was one of the youngest tree climbing competitors of the day with the added pressure of hoping to beat his father and grandfather.
“I am already pretty young as it is but then you have my Grandad, Kerry who’s 74 and my Dad Lindsay competing alongside me, it’s pretty unusual,” he said.
“There’s a lot of young ones who cut underhand but only a handful that cut full trees.”
In an impressive display of climbing and chopping, Lindsay, Hayden ’s father came first, followed by his father Kerri, with Hayden in fourth place.
Lindsay, 43 usually wins these days but said it may not be long before Hayden surpasses him.
“I’m, sure it’ll happen one day, I think he’s hoping to beat Kerry first,” he said.
Kerry has been competitively chopping since 1958.
“I’ve been doing this for 70 years, I guess it’s something Lindsay got into because of me,” he said.
“We go through a lot of trees, we’ll have to start rationing it soon.”
The Hewitts compete between thirty and forty times a year, travelling most weekends to chop during the winter.
For Hayden, wielding an axe and climbing a tree at the same time isn’t as terrifying as it used to be.
“You get used to it after a few years, I’ve been doing this since I was 11,” he said.
“Some kids play footy but I do this instead.”
Competing as a family, I think while there’s rivalry it also brings us together,” Kerry said.